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us here today, and president obama ice second inauguration falling on the martin luther king holiday. the symbolism not lost on the president as he navigated through l pomp and circumstance of the occasion to give a glimtion of the progressive agenda if the next four years. white house correspondent ed henry has the report. >> for president obama, plenty of differences from four years ago. he's grayer, weather warmer, crowd smaller, and the oath of office had no slip ups. this time, he was more aggressive in using his inaugural address to reprize the central message of the campaign making it clear he believes he has a mandate. >> for weeks, the people understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do well and a growing many barely make it. >> reporter: the nation's first african-american president sworn in for a second term on the martin luther king jr. holiday leaning on the words of king and lincoln. >> through blood drawn by lash and sword, we learn no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half slave and half free. >> casting himsel
. it was magical. i'm here with my mama. it's a great night. >> what does it mean to you, martin luther king day today. the president, a black president being re-elected. second inauguration. what does it mean to you? >> it's amazing. you know, it's martin luther king's holiday, and you know, it's incredible. i can hear it now. i got to turn it down. i can hear everybody now. i don't know if i can hear that good after this. it's unbelievable. i went to the memorial yesterday, the martin luther king memorial, i was with so many great people, dick gregory, and it was incredible. today was magical. magical because i felt the dream that our forefathers, when they dreamed up the hope and freedom, i felt it. every time you're in the capitol, on the grass, you think about in the 1800s, they were doing the same thing. it's amazing. >> it seems natural if you're a democrat or a republican or an independent, only today, for two reasons, martin luther king and barack obama, the president of the united states, it's a great day to celebrate being an american and the democratic system which has allowed barack
conversations you had with dr. martin luther king. tomorrow is mlk day. it couldn't be a more appropriate day i'm sure you would feel for barack obama's second inauguration. in those conversations he felt there may be an african-american president, first black president in the next 40 years. you didn't think it would happen in your lifetime. >> that's true. i'm so excited. i'm so happy about my country that we are growing up. >> how do you think the president -- >> we're growing beyond our ignorance. >> how do you think he's done in his first term and what would you like him to do more of in his second term? >> well, i think he's done the best he could. i think that there were a number of people who as soon as he was elected put their feet down, their heels into the earth and said no matter what he does, no matter how good he is, i will not support him. i will resist his attempts to make our country better. i think he was surprised because he had been elected with such fervor and such excitement. i don't think he expected to have such resistance. i know this from what i've seen so far. he's int
time that martin luther king jr. has intersected with the inauguration. i will speak with mlk's daughter, bernice king about the tributes happening for her father and we'll hear my conversation with supreme court justice sonia sotomayor about her path to the high court. one. two. three. my credit card rewards are easy to remember with the bankamericard cash rewards credit card. earn 1% cash back everywhere, every time. [ both ] 2% back on groceries. [ all ] 3% on gas. no hoops to jump through. i earn more cash back on the things i buy the most. [ woman ] it's as easy as... one! -two. -[ all ] three! [ male announcer ] the bankamericard cash rewards credit card. apply online or at a bank of america near you. >>> welcome back to our special inauguration coverage. for just the second time, the inauguration intersects with martin luther king jr. day. a number of events commemorating the icon are today, of course. bernice king, daughter of the civil rights leader joins us today. your father's personal bible is used in the swearing in today, along with a bible that belongsed to abra
reporters who are there covering all of this today. >> brian: yes, and martin luther king day, we recognize that everything he sacrificed and many of you are off from school, off from work and some of you have pretended to be sick if you don't have it as a holiday and we're going to discuss a historic thing in football, two brothers now find themselves in the super new orleans rleans, the first since katrina in 2005. >> steve: it's the bro bowl. so we've got a busy three hours. >> gretchen: and president obama will officially talk his oath of office in front of hundreds of thousands of supporters after his private swearing in yesterday. >> thank you, sir. [applause]. >> i did it. all right? thank you, everybody. >> that's nice. >> and live team coverage today for today's inauguration ceremony, carl cameron is at the national mall and first, let's start with steve centanni at the white house this morning, good morning, steve. >> reporter: good morning, all the pomp and ceremony begin a few hours from now, as president obama officially begins his second term. but of course, his official swea
to honor the reverend martin luther king jr. on january the 19th, gun rights activists have announced that they will mark gun appreciation day two days before the president's inauguration. urging gun owners to turn out en masse at gun vendors with signs reading, hands off my guns. their latest contribution to curbing gun violence in america. let's get right to our panel. here in new york is msnbc contributor joy reid, who is also the managing editor of thegrio.com and in washington larry ward of gun appreciation day. mr. ward, can i begin with you? >> of course. >> you've said that the president wants to gut the second amendment. what specifically has this president done during his first four years in office to undermine your gun rights? what has he done? >> well, absolutely nothing. >> thank you. >> and the truth is he had to run for re-election, but what he said was -- and i believe joe biden guaranteed that they would pass sweeping gun control legislation by the end of the month. >> but, in fact, as you know, he promised when campaigning in 2008 to reinstate the 1994 ban on assault
the oath of office on martin luther king day to begin his second term as the leader of the free world. it will be his second time taking the oath in 24 hours and his fourth time as president. >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> thank you mr. chief justice. thank you so much. thank you, sweetie. >> with the first lady and first daughters looking on, the president made good yesterday on a constitutional requirement that he be sworn in on january 20th. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations. >> thank you. >> as did vice president joe biden who shared a really tender moment with supreme court justice sonia sotomayor, telling her i love you, it is an honor right after taking the oath. to which she responded, i love you. she made history as the first latina to swear in a vice president. between their official swearing in ceremonies, obama and biden met at the tomb of the unknowns, that's at arlington national cemetery. and laid a wreath in honor of american soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. that is a tradition. looking ahead to what's happ
is pushing a national gun appreciation day. it's on the weekend before martin luther king day. ward claims this is the first gun appreciation day. but we found gun appreciation days dating back to 1995. this was the year the oklahoma city, right after congress passed the assault weapons ban. by the way, that's convicted felon g. gordon liddy at the podium. remember, he told people to, quote, go for a head shot if the atf agents came to take their guns. his brand of crazy is alive and well. >> they want to pick on the bastard child of the bill of rights which is the second amendment, and it's not going to happen, not on my watch. >> obama operatives in the congress have introduced more than ten bills that would end the second amendment as we know it. >> they don't need much to take advantage of a tragedy to further their political goals. >> i can't do this. and it's just endless. >> this is just total absolute tyranny. >> if you don't belong in the nra, you need to get on the phone and use your credit card and become a member within the next 24 hours. you're going have to go in the nra, whe
. it happens to be on a federal holiday, martin luther king day and now we're getting a lot of sbim mags that the president is going to have his hand on martin luther king's bible. he's doing the whole weekend before the inaugural, it's all about martin luther king in service. and medgar evers' widow is doing the convocation before the inaugural speech. so it's a big martin luther king day. he'll be our second president as of sunday. second term. >> i understand you met with president obama recently? >> a group of historians including doris, we meet periodically, a few times now at the white house and have what we call a historians dinner and talk to president obama. they're off the record, but i think it's fair to say he likes talking about presidential history and likes hearing about abraham lincoln. he's from illinois and really cares about lincoln. he's aware of lincoln's famous second inaugural. but also theodore roosevelt, dwight eisenhower, ronald reagan. i look at it more as a form of relaxation for the president when we get to meet him. he gets to chew the fat a lit bit about pa
presidential inauguration. tomorrow's public ceremony holds the fitting honor of taking place on martin luther king jr. day at 11:5 eastern, america's first african-american president will take the oath of office and usher in his second term. joining me now is u.s. congressman and civil rights legend john lewis. representative lewis, so glad to have you here on this momentous day. thanks for joining us. >> thank you for having me today. >> well, when you think back on all the years of struggle, the lives lost, the blood shed, what does it mean to you to see the nation's fist african-american president take the oath of office for a second time? >> well, it mean ags great deal to me and to our nation. it is almost unreal, almost unbelievable through all of the struggle, through all of the suffering and pain, through the beatings, duress, to jailing, it is historic. as president lyndon johnson said almost 48 years ago when he spoke to the congress, he said it's like history and faith coming together. he was talking about the need to pass a voting rights act. just think, less than 50 years ago man
, martin luther king jr. we will pause to remember dr. king's birthday and i'd like to bring in andrew young the third, former civil rights leader and ambassador andrew young. good to see you, sir. >> hey, craig, how are you doing? >> great. your father is a long time friend and confidant of reverend king. what have you learned from your father, and also, his generation as well? >> you know, i think that it is very important that we as americans today give each other a faith-saving way out, and that is one thing that my father was adamant about throughout his life is that when you have an opponent and have indifferences about a subject, that you give your opponent a way out. to keep his dignity and that is how you create change, and that is what dr. king and my father and dr. lowrie and others did during the civil rights movement when they were fighting bigotry. and unfortunately, that is what the president obama is going to to have to learn to do with the go gop. >> what are your thoughts as we get ready to see president obama sworn in for a second time tomorrow? >> i think that it's
, making mentions of past civil rights struggles on that martin luther king day, seneca falls, selma, stonewall and laying out his vision for the future, advancing gay rights, tolerance toward illegal immigrants, social welfare programs and stopping climate change. dan loathian was there watching it all with us. dan, friend and foe alike have been calling this a muscular speech. >> reporter: it really was according to those who got a chance to witness the speech. the president delivering his remarks in a much more different climate than he faced four years ago when you had two wars, there was the economic crisis. this time, the president laid out a progressive agenda for the next four years. and so it began, the second inaugural ceremony of president obama, part campaign speech, part lecture, a confident president obama appeared comfortable in his skin. >> my fellow americans, we're made for this moment and we'll seize it as long as we seize it together. we, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths, that all of us are created equal >> our journey is not complete unti
a certain amount of tone deafness, politically and insensitivity coming so close to martin luther king day. and then also coming so close in the shadow of, if you will, of the newtown shooting. >> rick: catherine herridge in warrenton, verge, thank you. >> arthel: there is shocking video as an assassination attempt overseas is caught on tape. it's unbelievable. a would-be assassin pulls out a gun on a law maker in bulgaria. thankfully the weapon jammed. allowing the startled speaker to knock it out of the way and seconds later, you see what happens. the gunman is tackled by the ground by security, leaving him bruised and bloodied. it's still unclear how he was able to get past security in the first place. >> rick: the presidential inauguration festivities kicking off today with a national day of service. various activities taking place. michelle obama and dr. biden, the wife of the vice president, hosting an event. usher and others set to perform. molly henneberg now. the first and second families are involved in a national day of service today. what did they do? >> hi. good to sigh. they
on holidays like this. the federal holiday honoring the birthday of dr. martin luther king jr. today on that holiday swearing in the nation's first african-american president, not for the first time, but for the second time, it marks a different kind of milestone. because in winning his second term, let it be known that this was not a fluke. our country did not just pick our first black president by luck because he was just the democratic who happened to benefit from a national recoil and backlash against what was widely viewed as a rather disastrous republican presidency that preceded him. the country did not just choose barack hussein obama to be president. the country chose barack hussein obama to be president twice. we picked him again a second time after watching him in action for four years, and then having a very good chance to pick a new guy instead. this will never happen again. barack obama will never run for office again. and we do not know who will succeed him as president in four years. but the honoring of the office of presidency today, again, entrusted to him, will for
. martin luther king jr. andrew seattle who is with the freedom from religion foundation. mr. stittle, abraham lincoln and dr. king too two amazing american icons you want to take their bibles and remove them from the ceremony. >> i much prefer dr. king's writing on the letter from the birmingham jail where he talks about the white church standing on the sideline mouthing trivialalities and pyes irrelevancy while he does the work of the civil rights movement. >> bill: you must know that dr. king invoked god in almost every speech that he made. >> article 2 section one of the constitution which lays out the oath does not say anything about the word so help me god. it says i will preserve to the best of my ability, preserve, defend and protect the states period. it's kind of ironic that the president is going to amend that in the middle of it. >> bill: do you know why george washington wanted the words god so help me god in? do you know why? >> george washington did not say so help me god. the first recorded instance is 1801. >> bill: if you look at his inaugural address it's peppered w
how important this day was, martin luther king jr. day, a federal holiday which was controversial, at the time. mlk in spirit is a more controversial hero. obama rooted his appeals to traditional values, although they involve new advances and sacrifices, he put it in that form. also, briefly, what johnathan said, such an important point. there were four words in this inaugural that didn't appear in the 2009 inaugural, gay, medicare, medicaid, social security, both on the issue of rights and the issue of supporting each other. not as a broad, gauzy principle, but in the specific debates we're also having in this country, about whether or not we can afford to take care of each other and afford to make good on the commitments we have made to the elderly, the veterans, also to our fellow man. >> this is the day for that. >> it was all in there. it was all in there, and i think that is why it moved, as you said, lawrence, moved people from all walks of life. >> krystal, thank you for dressing up. you actually went to a ball. >> yes, i did. >> johnathan, i couldn't be more disappointed.
end of the mall, a spot the president could see during his speech yesterday, martin luther king jr. said the same thing, using different words. instead of collective action he said "we cannot walk alone." in his "i have a dream" speech, the reverend martin luther king jr. said many of our white brothers as evidenced by their presence here today have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny, that their freedom is bound to our freedom. we can't walk alone. of course, conservatives never much liked dr. king. but conservatives claim an enduring devotion to our founding documents, the declaration of independence, the constitution, even though they have always had trouble believing those founding documents really apply to everyone. so of course, conservatives just hated this. >> we, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths, that all of us are created equal. is the star that guides us still, just as it guided our forebears through seneca falls and stonewall, just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this gr
to honor the legacy of dr. martin luther king, jr., by volunteering in their own communities. right now, nearly 100 nonprofit organizations are holding a service fair on the national mall. one of them is points of light, an organization that aims to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world. with me today is deloris morton, she is part of the points of light program -- in fact, she is president of the points of light programs division. thank you for being here. >> thank you for having us. >> and you're a louisianan. >> i am. bayou girl. >> which i love. tell me a little bit about the fundamental philosophy that is points of light. >> points of light is the world's largest organization that's dedicated to volunteer service. all over the country today and throughout the year, we engage millions of people in volunteer service with an opportunity to first experience service, knowing that it can be transformational. it's not just about what you give to somebody else but what you get yourself. >> let's talking about the transformational part. sometimes when we t
on inauguration day, president obama will take his oath of office on martin luther king's bible. of course, as you mentioned, also the martin luther king holiday and the president taking the oath of office on the other side of the mall where he delivered the "i have a dream" speech and symbolism certainly in that moment. so d.c. getting prepared. i can tell you just because we're not expecting as many people, the hotels here pulling out the stops. i went to one hotel, the jw marriott, they have the executive suites going for $40,000. >> whoa. >> reporter: so just because we're not expecting 1.8 million people doesn't mean it's not a huge celebration here in the city of d.c. toure? >> i hear you're going to all the balls. well played. thank you for that report. >> reporter: thank you. >>> i want to bring in nbc news presidential historian michael beshla. how are you? >> good. thank you. how are you? >> i think we can look at this as the launch and the state of the union sets the tone for what we want to do and the second term to have. what do you think about this inaugural address as this way of so
inauguration of president obama takes place on monday, january 21st. that will martin luther king, jr. he will be sworn in on the day before, the 20th, as per the constitution. i will host a special cnbc event. it begins at 11:00 a.m. eastern time. that is, monday, martin luther king, jr. day. >> sue? >> ty, shares of lululemon continue to be under pressure on the back of the latest outlook. what is ahead for the yoga appear el maker? courtney is live in miami. courtney? ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] don't just reject convention. drown it out. introducing the all-new 2013 lexus ls f sport. an entirely new pursuit. how did i know? well, i didn't really. see, i figured low testosterone would decrease my sex drive... but when i started losing energy and became moody... that's when i had an honest conversation with my doctor. we discussed all the symptoms... then he gave me some blood tests. showed it was low t. that's it. it was a number -- not just me. [ male announcer ] today, men with low t have androgel 1.62% (testosterone gel). the #1 prescribed topical testosterone replacement therapy
heartburn fast. ♪ oh what a relief it is! >>> this past monday, martin luther king day doubled as inauguration day. reportedly 1 million people formed a national crowd on the national mall. 55% of the crowd from 2009. still, the largest crowd ever for a second inaugural. at least one of the attendees was henry march. maybe there were others on hand, but this is a story about one henry marsh, a virginia state senator. one of 20 democrats in the virginia assembly. like wise, 20 republicans in the same body so, an even split until state senator marsh was absent on monday, attending the inauguration. thus, by a 20 to 19 vote, republicans passed a revised gerrymandered district map to go into effect on 2015, the year of the next state senate's election. they claim the map would create a majority black district. the 25th district, a democratic stronghold that includes my old backyard of charlottesville, virginia is one seat this plan could eliminate. given the republicans adjourned that session at 4:10 p.m. in memory of general stonewall jackson, i'm sure racial sensitivity wasn't hi
who had ordered a gun through the mail. and martin luther king jr., by somebody who got their gun the same way. in 1968, in terms of robert f. kennedy being killed, we passed the 1968 gun control act, which up to that point was the strictest gun control we had had. one thing it did was restrict getting it through the mail. when they say things like you have to protect guns in your home against somebody mentally ill, that is an incentive to do the sane and obvious thing, and restrictions on gun dealers, not to sell ammunition over the internet, the way that the shooter in aurora bought their ammunition. >> so by their logic, right, i mean, it is really disgusting. so by their logic, are they saying schools are also drug-free zones, so basically we should let junkies come up and shoot up in the school yard? if we get through gun-free zones, drug-free -- the logic is ridiculous. it shows they're losing support, all the polls show it within their movement, outside their movement, and they know it is a death knell to fight this, the parents, the victims, the people who survived this gu
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in the civil rights movement when i was in my teens and 20s. i met dr. martin luther king jr. i was doing a play called fly black bird about the civil rights movement. i was a young student activist in that musical. and we sang at a civil rights rally where dr. king ske.
to this malarkey. >> i think martin luther king would agree with me if he were alive today that if african-americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country's founding, perhaps slavery might not have been a chapter in our history. >> what a dumb, dumb nut. joy, you got to start on this. this is not only a nut but a dumb nut. slaves didn't come to america as citizens. they came in shackles -- >> as property. >> in the bottom of a ship if they're lucky to be alive if they got here. the idea they would be armed by anyone -- you take it on. he's obviously patronizing, trying to act like he cares about the fate of black people. who would believe this malarkey? >> and, chris, why is it every time the far right decides to make an argument that is insane, they jump on the civil rights movement or slavery and try to latch their argument onto the history -- >> yes. >> as if they give a damn. as if they would have been up at the front for the fight. >> exactly. >> you don't remember ted nugent standing in front of everyone m the civil rights marches. >> i remember h
. the wiretaps. we hold on to history about martin luther king. i think he got imbem bittered. turned south. he was a much worse guy in the later '60s than going into the '60s. some people break bad. i think nixon broke bad. >> chris matthews. >> complicated. >> everything about nixon is complicated. you can't just do it in five minutes which we just attempted to do. anyway, thank you, sir. >>> our update gaggle will be here next. first, white house soup of the day. tomato basil. hope you all enjoyed your peanut butter and banana sandwiches yesterday. hope you got what i was talking about. tcb. we'll be right back. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] it started long ago. the joy of giving something everything you've got. it takes passion. and it's not letting up anytime soon. if you're eligible for medicare, you might know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call now and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they help pay some of the difference
, january 21st. now, that is also martin luther king day. interesting, though. the constitution says the president has to be sworn in specifically on the 20th day of january, not the 21st. but the 20th of january falls on a sunday this year. so they have decided to do this as kind of a two-step. on sunday, the 20th, chief justice john roberts will swear in president obama for his second term. but they'll do it at an official, small ceremony at the white house at noon on sunday. the following day, on monday, that will be the whole pomp and circumstance giant event. but that second swearing in ceremony, the big one on the day with everybody there, that is going to be ceremonial, because the real one will have happened the day before. it's kind of weird, right? that this is the second time president obama and chief justice john roberts are going to have kind of a hincky time with the swearing in. remember what happened the first time with those two? chief justice said part of the oath wrong the first time. so just to be safe, they had to go back the next day and repeat the oath privatel
is in crisis and someone has got to bring it together. >> it's one of those magic moments when martin luther king was jailed back in '60 and kind made the call to mrs. king and nixon said i'm not going to do it and jackie robinson left the trade saying this guy doesn't get it. >> this is a moment that we're going to remember, i think, and the republican party really should pay attention. it really should. >> we're making the nouds here. we're trying to shake them up. thank you gene robinson and alex wagn wagner. >>> president obama warns republicans they won't get ransom for agreeing not to crash the economy. he's talking tough ahead of the next big fight with congress over the debt creating. >>> the president said vice president biden has presented had i am with a list of common sense steps to prevent gun violence. but the biggest question is how much of it the administration can actually get passed through the congress. >>> and watching last night's golden globes, wung thing was clear to me, america once again feels good about itself. we've got a new sense of optimism and the movies show i
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inauguration to honor the memory of martin luther king jr. >>> the biden family got to work saturday. the vice president along with his wife and several members of his family spent time filling some care packages. 100,000 care kits will be shipped to family members overseas. >>> tomorrow is the big day. the public inauguration, the 57th presidential inauguration. and if you're one of the 800,000 people expected to attend, you're going to want to make sure those text messages, those tweets, those instagrams all go through. wireless providers say they have you covered. athena jones joins us from the capitol. they're going to get help from something called cows. what are we talking about here? >> good morning, john. cow stands for cell on wheels. a temporary mobile cell phone tower. things like companies like at&t and sprint will fortify the network with all the people coming in. half the number of people expected in 2009 but people will be coming with smartphones and smartphones means more data. back in 2009, global smartphone sales only accounted for 11% of sales. now it's nearly 40% as of the
the quality of life of workers in this country. and there is a new civil rights battle in a town where martin luther king first marched almost 50 years ago. some workers at this nissan plant in canton, mississippi, they want to vote. they want to organize. now a coalition of activist workers, students, and clergy members have joined forces in the community to make sure that thousands of employees get a chance to be heard. now some of the workers say the supervisors hold anti-union meetings. the workers just want to hear from the pro union side so they can have a fair vote. that's all they want to do is vote. the naacp has been involved for months on this issue. 70% of the workers at the canton plant are african-american. representative bennie tom addressed the issue back in june. >> in america, being able to decide whether or not you want representation is a fundamental a political principle of human rights, civil rights and democracy. >> this same week those same civil rights organizers held another news conference, of all places, they're serious, they went all the way to detroit. the detroi
dedicated to doing something of this nature, but this inauguration will fall on martin luther king day. there's a lot of symbolism in that. president obama will be sworn in using one of martin luther king's bibles. this day is not expected to spark the huge, unprecedented crowds we saw in 2009. but it's not going to be small. hundreds of thousands are expected to turn out to kick off this historic weekend. as washington gears up for the nation's biggest party, people from all around the country are arriving, ready to celebrate. >> it's just one of those things i think you should do. and it's one of the things -- it's on my -- on the bucket list. >> we believe that he does hold the promise for the future and wanted to be part of it. so we came all the way from california. >> reporter: dress rehearsals commenced while crews fanned out across the city to put on the finishing touches, covering the mall to protect it from the big crowds. and getting the d.c. convention center in shape for monday's two inaugural balls, down from ten last time. still organizers say with as many as 40,000 expe
section of history. martin luther king day. he invited me as president of the national action, presidents of the urban league and president of naacp, all these events and martin luther king's son. it was his way of recognizes dr. king's birthday and commitment to that agenda. we were at the church service and the agenda i don't think i've seen a president do for civil rights leaders and later on had a private reception at the white house. >> how was his mood? >> very upbeat and hopeful. i think his speech was about him setting a tone for where he saw the rest of the century going. i don't think it was about four years for him. he's giving a vision. he thinks in terms, when he talks to us, about kennedy talking about the new frontier or johnson about the great society. i don't think everything he addressed yesterday was about everything he wanted to legislate, about where he sees the country going, his vision. >> an eye towards history. >> i think that's how he saw the inaugural address and he effectively did it. i think his specific of the next four years is the state of the union and his
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